Salt provides a good example. In our culture salt has been a villain for a long time. We are all told to “cut down on salt. Salt is bad for you. Salt does not really make things taste better, you are just used to it. Salt causes high blood pressure, etc.” In some restaurants it is almost impossible to get something worth eating because of this mantra. When you buy things in the grocery store you have to read the labels because so many things are made without salt.
On the other hand, most literate people are familiar with the concept of being the salt of the earth. This concept comes from the words of Jesus as He talked to His followers.
(Matthew 5:13 KJV) Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.If you are under 30 you may not realize this was meant as a positive statement about salt. It is another example of how our modern culture can change our understanding of things. To the Christian, being the salt of the earth is a good thing. To the pagan who fears salt, it would be a bad thing. Another verse make this even more clear,
(Luke 14:34 KJV) Salt is good: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be seasoned?That is pretty clear, but of course, all things in moderation.
To be continued...
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